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“Mushy, old prawns & terrible service” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Arun Residence

Arun Residence
36-38 Soi Pratoo Nok Yoong, Maharat Road, Rattanakosin Island, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
+66(02) 221 9158
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Ranked #1,145 of 8,076 Restaurants in Bangkok
Cuisines: Thai
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
San Jose, California
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“Mushy, old prawns & terrible service”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

This review is for the Amorosa Restaurant, located on the first floor of the Arun Residence. My boyfriend and I came for an early dinner because we wanted to watch the sun set over Wat Arun.

We arrived around 4:45, and ordered Chang beer, prawn salad, pad thai, and green curry. Drinks and appetizers came rather quickly, and we took our time eating while enjoying the sunset. By the time 6 PM rolled around, however, our entrees still haven't arrived. At this point, we were already done with our drinks and appetizer. Our waiter never checked up on us, but we waited patiently for a bit longer. I finally called for a waiter around 6:30, and he said the food was coming right out.

The green curry with prawns was absolutely disgusting. The prawns were soft and mushy... which signifies that it's old and should not be consumed. I politely told the waiter this, and he argued with me saying that they were river prawns, which is why they taste different. I told him that the prawns that came with our salad were not mushy, and they were river prawns too. He refused to do anything about this matter, and it wasn't until I had to ask him repeatedly did he say he would go check. (My best guess is that the restaurant uses the older prawns in the curry, thinking that the curry taste would mask any unpleasant tastes associated from the prawns.)

In the end, our waiter grudgingly took the curry off our bill, but due to the terrible service, long wait for food and poor food quality, I will not return.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“great night view, tasty delicacy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

we booked the restaurant about 1 month ahead of our trip to ensure a table for a nice view (3rd floor). The night view including the golden look Wat Arun temple and the neon river boats made this restaurant unique. But, the meal is what I called the real deal here. We ordered a river king prawn sweet and spicy salad (forgot the actual dish name) that is truly an unforgettable delicacy, the prawn was cooked just perfect for a springy yet moist texture, together with its sauce it's just wow, wow, wow! ;) We also enjoyed the fried soft crab shells that are so crispy and we left a clean shiny plate in just a few minutes. The lamb in curry paste and one more plate I forgot what it was were all money worthy spent. Dessert (thai traditional sweets) is just ok though.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“Fabulous Roof Top Bar”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

The roof top bar at Arun Residence is a fabulous place for an evening drink. Spectacular views of Wat Arun and the river, there is plenty to watch. Drinks were more expensive than in other bars (about 200THB), but the views were worth it. Very popular - we got there at about 5:30pm so got good seats at the front, but later on, people had to stand.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
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“Overpriced, average food with great view.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

The only thing that really recommends this restaurant is the terrific view of Wat Arun across the river. Otherwise, the food is just so-so, the service very slow, and the prices far higher than elsewhere in this part of Bangkok. You pay for the view.

Visited July 2013
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“Great view!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Was able to make a last minute reservation at 8:30 and glad I did. The view was spectacular at night! You can't get a better view of Wat Arun. The food was good and it was a very romantic atmosphere since it was later and there were only a few tables. We had a table right on the water on the 2nd floor.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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